Significant technical innovations and improvements in immunosuppression have been introduced into our liver transplant program since its inception in 1985. The indications for transplantation have been extended to younger and older patients, and simultaneously more patients with comorbidities have been accepted for transplant. The net impact of these changes has been a continuing trend toward improved survival. Overall, patients with hepatitis B or malignancy have had poor survival rates. The introduction of prophylactic anti-hepatitis B immunoglobulin and lamivudine, and better selection of patients with malignancy may improve results for these patients in the future. As in other programs, our most vexing problem is the continuing scarcity of donor organs which has led to an ever-expanding waiting list, more deaths while awaiting transplant, and more suffering before transplantation. The introduction of living donor hepatic transplantation will be of some help in alleviating this shortage. We are confident that the evolution of our program into a joint multidisciplinary structure will provide more efficient, convenient and cost-effective care to our patients.
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|Published - Jan 1 1996
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Medicine